Deepcool Gamer Storm Captain 120 White Review
Deepcool Gamer Storm Captain 120 White Review. Today we explore the latest product from Deepcool, the Captain 120 White. It may look familiar, and it should as this is a product refresh. Deepcool has taken the original black/red model and given it a design overhaul. Black and white is a popular color combo and with the recent surge of RGB, it will surely to appeal to the masses. The Captain breaks the mould, not only with the colour, but the cooling block is just so unique. Let’s answer the obvious question, is it any good?
On the day of review, UK stock was almost none existent except Amazon, for £79.99 / $59.99
[Features and Specifications]
Fan Air Flow
Fan Air Pressure
Fan Life Expectancy
Fan Noise Level
Fan Bearing Type
FDB（Fluid Dynamic Bearing）
Fan Rated Voltage
Fan Rated Current
Fan Power Consumption
Main system Dimensions
Pump Life Expectancy
Pump Operating Voltage
Pump Rated Voltage
Pump Power Consumption
|Intel Socket 150W |
High-End Desktop i7
|AMD Socket 140W |
Courtesy of DEEPCOOL. More information available HERE
[Packaging and Bundle]
Deepcool houses the Captain in a very attractive box. It’s been a few years since we’ve seen products from them, and they’ve made a significant leap forward in design. The box is much more professional and easy on the eye. From each side, we can identify meaningful and clear information. Around the backside of the box, you’ll find a detailed drawing with measurements of each component.
Inside the unit is packaged, inside a further card frame, and then wrapped again in plastic wrap.
Apart from the AIO and fan, Deepcool bundle a free Gamerstorm badge and mounting kit. It’s a universal system for both Intel and AMD, no backplate required for 2011 of course. No thermal paste in sight sadly, apart from that the kit is solid, with clear instructions for mounting.
The CPU block is made up with the most unique design on the market; there is nothing literally nothing like it. The design team should be applauded for their efforts here. A white LED emits from the top, and for me personally that’s perfect. I think Deepcool have missed the chance to capitalize on the growing trend of RGB. The tubing is the generic anti-kink type, but way was thinner than you might expect. I put them under extreme pressure, and they would not kink. Length is about 40cm or so, just right for most users. Allowing you to mount in a less common position such as roof or front of the case. The solid copper base has thermal paste pre-applied. While that is a great time saver, and reduces the risk of using too much, or too little, I would have preferred a tube for future installs.
The 27mm radiator is made up of Aluminum, and Deepcool bundles a single 120mm to cool it. While push pulls config have proven to offer little benefits, I really wished they would have bundled 4x extra-long bolts for users that need them. Visually, the fan is fascinating and is able to push 91.12CFM (MAX) but does peak at 39Db.
Installation on the Captain is very easy to achieve. First, we prepare the Backplate, for this demo Intel Socket 1151.
Slide the bolts through the plate and add the rubber blocks in each corner.
The Cooler is then fixed, with four spring loaded screws, fasten then in an X pattern.
[Clearance and observations]
With its unique shape, and break away from the traditional design, Does the Captain pose any potential issue with clearance, either RAM or VRM/Mosfet heatsink?
Not, at all, no matter which way we mounted!
[Test Setup & Method]
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Intel® i5 4670K ( Haswell 1st Gen)
|Memory:||Kingston HyperX Beast 2400Mhz 8GB|
|Motherboard:||MSI Z97 GAMING 7|
|Video Card:||MSI Radeon 270X Gaming|
|Hard Drives:|| |
SSD – Kingston HyperX 3k 240GB
M.2 -Kingston M.2
|OS:||Windows 8.1 64-Bit|
CPU coolers and test method is an area that causes much confusion and debate. We should point out that many sites test in different ways, but the majority share the same core idea that a simple math equation should be used. So that a consistent value can be recorded and re-used against other products
This simple equation of [recorded result] [minus] [ambient room temperature] = Delta
This test method simply means no matter how warm or cool the testing room is, the data is comparable. There will always be a degree of error in such testing. There is so many variables such airflow, testing location and such. So we perform all our testing on the same hardware and in the same location.
- Our procedure is to fit the cooler and allow a 24 hour period before any testing, allowing the thermal paste to settle. The system is booted and allowed to sit idle for 15 minutes. We take our first recording. Then using a selection of software forcing the CPU to run at 100% load. We then take our load temperatures.
- This process is repeated 3 times and the results are converted to an average.
- We provide delta temperature [Load temperatures minus ambient room temperature].
- This allows us to provide consistent results no matter the room temperature.
Many factors can skew results and to ensure accuracy we repeat all of the above three further times. Including refitting the cooler, this compensates for factors such as burn in time and amount of thermal paste.
To keep things neat and easier to read, we no longer provide idle or ambient numbers. What you see are DELTA temperatures.
I must point out that we do not manipulate and force the fan to run at 100%, it is something we had considered in the past and if we had done, most of the products in the chart would appear to have better results.
However what we present is a fair representation of how a product will perform out of the box. With this in mind what we tend to find, in our stock testing is that the fan(S) does not always hit 100%.
Stock temps are splendid keeping up with other 120MM AIO’s and some of the more expensive air coolers
* Our test CPU is running at default auto clocks and voltage for stock testing. For overclocking it’s not the best around and requires 1.375 volts to operate at 4.6 GHz. All results shown are at these settings unless otherwise stated*
The test that matters more for Overclockers… we applied a heavy overclock, which requires lots of vcore.
The Captain performed well, considering it only has a 120mm rad, and a single fan. A few degrees between this and the 240mm products from other brands.
The important question to answer next, was it loud?
Not under idle states, the fan was somewhere around 36db, a little louder than we wanted but did keep things nice and cool.
Under heavy loads (overclocked CPU), it peaked at 44db, just too noisy for me and my comfort zone. The fan bundled is fine for stock, but did irritate me, while running loud and I don’t think it was pushing enough air really. The bulk of the noise seemed to be from the motor. Also with the fan disabled the actual pump was inaudible, or below 30db
It’s time to wrap up and deliver a verdict on the Captain 120. Let’s backtrack to the actual product box and a clue that was staring me in the face. Remember that Visual AIO notice? That’s the best way to describe the product…something for visuals, first. You won’t find anything like it elsewhere, the CPU block is unique, and I love that.
While theirs is no significantly wrong with the Captain 120 White, it’s now been replaced with the new EX model, with a redesigned mounting system and new fan. If it’s available in your region, the go for that. If not, the product is still very enticing.
We would like to thank DEEPCOOL for sending the sample out for review. We look forward to seeing more from them, shortly.